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Sekoati Tsubane banned from Zoleka Mandela’s funeral

Late South African writer and activist, Zoleka Mandela banned Muvhango and 7de Laan star Sekoati Tsubane from her funeral, which took place on Friday, 29 September.

TshisaLIVE reported in June 2011 that the actor Sekoati Tsubane and the late activist Zoleka Mandela were in a relationship and lost a baby boy named Zenawe Zibuyile Mandela.

Nelson Mandela’s infant great-grandson, Zenawe Zibuyile Mandela died after being born three months prematurely.

Sekoati Tsubane and Zoleka Mandela

7de Laan, who was Tsubane’s employer at the time released a statement saying: “It is with great regret that we report the passing of Sekoati and Zoleka’s baby boy in the weekend. Little Zenawe was born three months prematurely and died from related complications.”

The publication also reported in March 2012 that Mandela dumped Tsubane after coming clean about their drug habits.

Mandela’s ex-partner Tsubane is reportedly married today with children and living a clean life.

Mandela also listed her baby daddies, Thierry Bashala, who is the father of her two children and Leeroy Andie Cana, the father of her last born Zingce.

Zoleka Mandela’s list also included Mandla Mandela, Zenani Mandela senior, Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela and Zinhle Mandela among others.

Zoleka’s cousin, Ndileka, who is the late Thembekile “Thembi” Mandela’s daughter, and a granddaughter of the struggle stalwarts told The Citizen that she is aware of the list of people circulating on social media.

“There is a list in circulation on Twitter that I can confirm that contains the names of people. That was her (Zoleka’s) dying wish for those people not to attend the funeral.”

Ndileka paid tribute to her cousin, in a video clip shared by the SABC and said she knew her cousin from the time that she was a baby. She (Ndileka) was about 14 years old when Zo was born.

“My relationship with her extends from the time that she was born. We are a close-knit family, so my memory cast back to the times we would spend in Qunu and in jubilant occasions. The one thing that Zo has taught me even as her older cousin is endurance, bridging the odds.”

“Zo fought courageously; she knew the odds were stacked against her but that didn’t discourage her from fighting this terrible news called cancer.”


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